Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune speaks on December 19 during his inauguration in Algiers. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty Images)

Algeria Inaugurates President Few Seem to Want

Abdelmadjid Tebboune was sworn in as Algeria’s president on Thursday during an inauguration ceremony at the Palais des Nations in the capital, Algiers. A former prime minister under ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Tebboune, one of five candidates, garnered about 58% of the December 12 presidential vote. Only about 40% of eligible voters turned out for the election, with most of the rest actively boycotting the process as part of a wider movement seeking sweeping civic change, starting with the removal of the country’s power elite – with which Tebboune is closely identified. The movement gained traction at the beginning of the year when Bouteflika, severely incapacitated by a 2013 stroke, announced his candidacy for yet another term, sending people into the streets for what turned into – and remain – weekly protests.

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